With all of the recent news and headlines about Facebook and all the big tech companies tracking us, sharing our information with little or no options for us to do anything about it. I’ve been thinking why isn’t Yahoo in the news? They certainty should be.
I don’t want government involved in much of anything with the exception of the way the founders originally planned for government involvement in states and our personal lives. But I think there should be some type of legislation that forbids these big tech companies from collecting, storing or sharing our personal info. There should be some way to do it.
“Verizon’s Oath, which owns both Yahoo and AOL, has updated its privacy policies with new information concerning what the company is allowed to do with user data. The company’s recently updated policies state that the sites it owns are allowed to scan emails, instant messages, photos, and other user data. The agreement also says that the data may be shared with Oath’s parent company, Verizon.
Another thing worth noting about Oath’s privacy policies is its section regarding banking information. As CNET reports, the company does scan emails related to banking and financial information. Their terms of service state that Oath may “… analyze user content around certain interactions with financial institutions.”
I didn’t take the time to read the encyclopedia type update. Who does and that’s the point I’m sure.
A couple day’s after the update I couldn’t sign in to my email account, was probably hacked, I had to change my password.
This morning I was going to get started on deleting a lot of my contact’s. I really only have need of a few anymore. Now I’m thinking of just deleting the account and using another service. But which one? And what a pain that’s going to be, letting others know about the change and contacting services I use. And what if I let someone know of my change and they use Yahoo? Then I guess Yahoo would still be able to access my info.
Awhile back and usually I don’t do this but this time when they updated the service I changed to the new email. When I did I noticed a folder with photos. I thought I don’t have photos stored in email. I took a look and every thing I ever uploaded are looked at from friends or downloaded was there. That includes legal and personal stuff.
I deleted the important personal stuff like social security number and other legal stuff but Yahoo only gives the option to delete one at a time, no select all and delete. Who has time to go through and one at a time delete laterally years of email history.
Of course there are plenty of complaints about it but Yahoo doesn’t care or show any signs of writing some simple coed to have a select all delete option.
I don’t do it any more, haven’t for years but I used to go to a site or other banking type sites strait from links in the email when they contacted me. Now I wait till I sign out off the email account and go directly to the site or service to communicate with them.
To me this is just straight up invasion of privacy and there is no choice in the mater. Something has to change!
Maybe the only way to insure privacy is to opt out of the”Go paperless option” many offer and go back to snail mail.
“A remarkable and sobering new analysis of Internet privacy being released Thursday finds that a majority of the world’s cyber experts believe that keeping secrets on the Web will be “a luxury,” and that the public will eventually accept it as the “new default.”
In a massive survey of 2,511 of the world’s top tech experts, the Pew Research Center found that 55 percent believe that efforts by governments or industry to build a secure privacy infrastructure by 2025 will fail, while 45 percent believe some type of system will be in place.”
“George Orwell may have been an optimist,” Vytautas Butrimas, a cyber adviser in the Baltic states, told Pew. December 18, 2014. Pew: No more privacy on the Internet
“Just how much information we give away about ourselves as we browse the Web has been raised again by a tracking device used in thousands of Web sites.
Researchers at Belgium’s University of Leuven have revealed the widespread use of a technique called “canvas fingerprinting” that tracks the activities of people on a Web site without their knowledge.
More than 5,600 Web sites were identified using the fingerprinting technique. While it’s relatively new, it represents another front in a very long battle to find out what users do online, and raises concerns about our ability to control our online privacy.” July 28, 2014. There’s no such thing as privacy on the Internet anymore
“As Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy famously said nearly 15 years ago, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”
As unpopular as that viewpoint was at the time, McNealy was right. Dead right. I actually think that’s what upset all the consumer privacy advocates and watchdog groups back in 1999. That the guy had the guts to speak the truth.
And you know what? After all these years, people still don’t get it. We did this to ourselves.”
Does anyone have any suggestions, comments?
As always God bless America and you.